Mont Blanc Fountain Pen 149
i've been obtaining water feature pencils for a while today and possess made some bad expenditures. My most high-priced blunder was this pen, a Montblanc 149 Meisterstück. (If you want just want to learn about the 149 as a pen skip down seriously to the “Appearance” part.)
There is a well-regarded pen catalog (whose name i'll perhaps not point out) plus the best pencils are purchased almost instantly upon launch of the catalog so you don’t have long to imagine.
The 1960s 149 that I'd desired sold before I experienced the possibility thus I jumped from the still offered 1972 model and paid a hefty premium because it had been new-old-stock.
The pen arrived in the original box aided by the original guarantee and with the sticker however on the pen. Once I took off the limit and discovered that nib was tarnished and the rhodium plate had disappeared in places. The pen must-have been dipped at one-point and then put away uncleaned.
I contacted the catalog owner and to his credit he supplied some fair choices: 1) reduce the price, 2) re-plate the nib, or 3) reimbursement my money. I foolishly became connected to the pen and went when it comes to discounted whenever I should have simply came back the pen. Oh well…
once I very first saw a 149 in person years back I thought it appeared as if a ridiculous cartoon pen; it is just so huge. We have come around to liking the looks from it’s imposing size but if i'm truthful I would be embarrassed to use this pen at work…or around men and women overall.
The streamlined form with black resin and gold furniture is a vintage which pen is really the archetype for an extravagance fountain pen. The 149 is an icon similar to a Rolex Submariner and as such there are many lookalikes.
The 149 has got the most useful shape of any pen within the Meisterstück line. It is much more cigar-like than the various other Meisterstücks, which generally have an extended and thinner pages. There wasn’t a great deal to state besides it’s a vintage and a tremendously appealing form.
Montblanc is making the 149 considering that the late 1940s/early 1950s and there were numerous iterations. The initial models were the highest quality and as such would be the best. Just what exactly about my very early 1970s model? In my opinion, the Meisterstück range has gotten worse with time.
My 149 is manufactured out of synthetic (“precious resin”) and has a plastic piston process (maybe not the material telescopic one from the 50s and very early 60s nor the metal one out of current 149). The barrel is an individual little bit of plastic set alongside the modern two-piece barrel, that is cheaper to manufacture. The synthetic is soft and scratches easily. Montblanc finishes the plastic with an extremely large shine so it is feasible to polish on scratches if they're not too deep.
The tri-color nib consists of a soft 14ct silver with an excellent ebonite feed rather than the plastic feed and stiffer 18kt tri-color nib from the modern-day 149. Montblanc produces their nibs internally and hand grinds and hand finishes each nib. If you look closely you will see that the slit involving the tines doesn’t rather align utilizing the design.
One sore point-on my pen is the plating regarding nib. The rhodium (white material) plating appears to have come-off quite. Which is a thing that should not really happen on a pen this costly. We have verified through accounts of members of the Fountain Pen Network that this isn't that unusual for Montblanc pencils.
In general i might consider the develop good although not perfect for a pen this pricey.
Size & Weight
Among great things about the plastic piston apparatus is it keeps the weight down to 29.3 grms (empty). The 149 could be the fattest pen I have and for myself it really is too fat to make use of comfortably for a longer period of time. Understand photo below…
Although this pen doesn’t have the biggest nib it demonstrably has got the fattest section by a huge margin.